Mutant Musicals


Past Events 2014-15


Scenes through the Cinema Lens

Mutant Musicals

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

dirty dancing

Way back in the 1930s the Hollywood musical had already become a well-established genre. But not every filmmaker has respected genre boundaries. There is a long list of films that seem to be going in one direction but suddenly go off the tracks and begin to look like musicals. And some musicals have moments when they begin to look like some other type of movie. We’ll watch scenes from films that may or may not be called musicals, but all have striking moments that parody and/or pay conflicted tribute to the musical. Films include The Big Lebowski, The 5000 Fingers of Doctor T, Idlewild, Dancer in the Dark, Dirty Dancing, and Pennies from Heaven.

“Scenes through the Cinema Lens”  is a film retrospective focusing on the performing arts curated by Krin Gabbard, professor of Comparative Literature and English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture. Viewing includes an informal Q&A.